Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Who's Your Thin Friend?

I attended a convention last weekend and met up with a friend I hadn't seen in a while, but I knew he had been slimming with a combination of healthier diet and exercise. It was good to see him looking trim and rather distinguished, and he said he felt better than he had done in years. Many people at that convention were considerably overweight, in fact there were several who would be counted as grossly obese, yet the rumour went around that my friend was ill, because he had lost weight, and nowadays in our increasingly obese society it is assumed that people only lose weight when they are ill. He had to make an announcement - 'yes it is me, no I am not ill'. Interestingly, people sometimes say to me 'oh I bet you can eat what you like and not put on weight' because of course if I was slim by some crazy chance that would absolve them of responsibility for their own weight. When I reply 'No, if I ate everything I wanted I would be enormous' they are rather shocked.

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